The first issue of Jersey Beat was published in New Jersey in 1982. Since that time, 70 print issues were released. As of 2007, the zine stopped publishing print issues but continues as an online publication. Jersey Beat covers the music scene, both internationally and locally, with special emphasis on New Jersey and New York states. It covers a wide range of music, including all the various permutations of punk; Old Skool, Pop-Punk, Hardcore, and spin-offs like Anti-folk and Synth Punk. The zine features extensive reviews of zines, CDs, demo tapes and vinyl recordings; in the print issues, up fifty pages were usually devoted to reviews.
A number of well-known zine artists and writers have contributed to Jersey Beat over the years, including John Crawford, Donny The Punk, Jim DeRogatis, Rodney Leighton, Karen Schoemer, Ben Weasel, Joe Queer, Tris McCall and Phil Rainone.
Besides still regularly publishing after more than twenty years, on March 25, 2007, Jim Testa was one of the zinesters participating in the Bluestockings Zine Reading Extravaganza, where he read from Jersey Beat. Jersey Beat also has a blog and a regular Podcast.